About this newsletter

“Links” — boring title and all — started in 2005 as an informal, sporadic e-mail to a few colleagues. It was nothing more than some plaintext links that had caught my interest. But as a curious and unrepentant procrastinator, my weekly reading was extensive enough that the best things I found weren’t bad.

So despite remaining stubbornly low-tech and unpolished, the list grew steadily, first by word-of-mouth, and then, to my surprise, with a few media mentions. At that point, I got enough “What is this and who are you?” e-mails to write a version of this page.

The content I include is pretty random. (Recently, I put together a roundup of my favourite sources.) I do read every word of what I send out, and I filter entirely by what I find interesting — which has meant that some topics like palaeontology, sports analytics, and behavioural psychology are probably overrepresented. Until recently, I've tried to be non-partisan and to even avoid political writing, but I must admit Trump has made this difficult. (As you can tell from some of the long pieces I send out, I’m a fan of nuance, which just isn’t his style.) I'll keep trying though; it does sadden me a bit when a somewhat partisan piece — that, in my defence, I found interesting! — leads to a wave of unsubscribes.

The links below are roughly rank-ordered by some blend of quality and seriousness. I consider 4-star links “must read”; there are typically only around 20 per year. That said, a few people tell me they mostly click 1-star links since they're fast and often amusing.

Finally, I do this in my spare time, which is not always plentiful, so sometimes I'll miss a week without warning. Apologies in advance. Should you need more reading material, you should check out the archive (which goes back to 2017) — particularly the “best of” issues [2019] [2018] [2017].

About me

Unlike what I read, I’m not particularly interesting. I'm an American living in London, which means I attempt British spellings as much as I can. As a former strategy consultant, I still work too much, but if not for that, I wouldn’t procrastinate as much, and this newsletter wouldn’t exist.